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    September 10, 2010
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good morning. and thanks for being with us on this friday. witnesses say a monstrous blast came out of nowhere. and suddenly, their entire neighborhood was up in flames. >> that fire is still raging out of control in the city of san bruno, fueled by a broken gas line and some very strong winds. flames have devoured dozens of homes. at least one person has died and many more are injured. don guevara joins us now. >> reporter: good morning. we are near what is being called the epicenter of this massive
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explosion. we're told at that spot there is a crater 15 feet wide. the asphalt is melted. there's a pipe that's sticking out that's also melted. all this is where that gas line is said to have exploded, resulting in more than 50 homes being destroyed and at least one person dead. a massive fire roared through this residential neighborhood of san bruno, california, throughout the night. fire officials confirmed a 24-inch gas main explosion was responsible for the blaze, which reduced dozens of home to ash within an hour. >> the fireball was, you know, 100 feet or more in the air. all the firefighters, knew right away, it was a major, major thing. and it just could not stop. so, we knew it was some kind of gas main because it kept going. >> reporter: shocked residents didn't know what was happening. >> all of the area become white. >> i heard the noise. i think it was an earthquake.
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>> reporter: witnesses said the blaze was proceeded by a loud explosion and a huge fireball. people began rushing to get belongings out of their burning homes. >> my heart was beating so fast. the fire was so close to, like, other houses and other neighbors. i couldn't imagine what could happen. >> reporter: crews from san bruno and surrounding areas battled the fire on the ground, while planes and helicopters dropped the fire retardant usually reserved for wildfires. >> i would ask anybody who sees this broadcast tonight to say a special prayer for those people. this is going to be a long haul for the city and all of our residents for a number of weeks to come. >> reporter: at least two dozen people were injured by the blast and fires that followed. they have been taken to local hospitals and burn centers for treatment. all right. here's the situation now. we are standing near a supermarket at the edge of a neighborhood. it is completely black. the power has been knocked out in a pretty large radius in the neighborhood.
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the street lights are out. the traffic signals are out. there's a number of law enforcement agencies here. they positioned themselves all around the epicenter of this explosion. and even, as dark as it is, there are still helicopters flying over, we believe, trying to survey possibly still dropping that fire retardant, to keep this fire under control. rob and vinita? >> obviously, it's pretty early to know this response. but do they know what caused this gas line to explode in the first place? >> reporter: that is what crews are out here trying to figure out and trying to make sure that it doesn't happen elsewhere. and that it doesn't happen again. we just saw some video, which we'll be seeing much more of later on in the morning. but that's what's happening, as the houses are burning and as they're literally being just stripped from their foundation, you can see where the gas line is. and those -- when the fire meets that gas line or what's left of the gas line, there's even more pockets of explosions. so, you have, you know, fires. and then explosions within that
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fire. this is a very volatile scene. and when you're talking about something like gas lines and something as unpredictable and as dangerous, obviously, the gas company out here is trying to figure out what's going on. they've shut the gas off in much of the area. as of now, it's all preliminary just to say it was the explosion from that 24-inch pipe. rob and vinita? >> don guevara. we'll have an update on this story coming up on "good morning america." of course, our other big story on this friday morning. will he or won't he? after announcing he would not burn the koran to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, pastor terry jones now says he is reconsidering. >> why? the pastor tells abc news that he has been duped and betrayed. emily schmidt joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. the white house has called pastor terry jones' plan for his small congregation to burn the koran, a monumentally terrible
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idea. and for a while, at least, it seemed that jones was listening. but right now, it is more difficult to predict what this church will ultimately decide to do. it is very unclear this morning if tomorrow, a small florida congregation will burn korans as it has planned to do for weeks. because within a few hours yesterday, the plan went from on to off, to uncertain. >> as of right now, we have just put a temporary hold upon our planned event. >> reporter: already, because of the pastor's plan, there have been anti-american demonstrations abroad. people from the pope to the president have condemned the idea. >> i just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling, could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in iraq, who are in afghanistan. >> reporter: secretary of defense robert gates, called jones directly thursday afternoon, and asked him to reconsider. soon after, jones said he had because of another conversation
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he called the sign from god. jones said imam feesle abdul rauf, the islamic leader that wants to build an islamic center near ground zero had agreed to move the project. in turn -- >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: but for an interview for "this week," the imam said the conversation never happened. the center will stay where it's planned. >> how can you equate burning of any person's scripture, with an attempt to build interfaith dialogue? >> reporter: jones says he's now rethinking his decision to cancel. when asked, could he still go ahead with the burnings? he answered -- >> i really do not know. >> reporter: pastor jones has promised he will make his final decision some time today. he says he is praying the situation turns out well. rob and vinita? >> emily schmidt, reporting from washington. thanks, emily. in philadelphia, at least two people have been killed in a shooting inside a kraft foods facility.
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it's believed that a woman who had been suspended from her job at the plant returned there last night and opened fire. authorities say one other person who was shot remains in critical condition. wildfires that started in the foothills of boulder, colorado, are showing no signs of letting up. win gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are now threatening to drive the flames from the foothills toward the west and into the heart of the city. authorities have warned residents on the west side of boulder that they may have to evacuate if those wildfires move into town. it is time, now, for a look at the morning's weather from around the nation. heavy rain from memphis and in kentucky and southern illinois. showers from new orleans to birmingham and parts of florida. large hail and 80-mile-per-hour winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma. and light rain stretches into the dakotas and montana. >> a high of 66 in bills. 71 in boise. and 81 in colorado springs. mostly 70s from the twin cities to minneapolis. 81 in kansas city.
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and 90s from dallas to miami. a mild 74 here in new york. 71 in boston. 75 in baltimore. coming up next on this friday morning, a big economic announcement from the white house overnight. plus, the virus that cripple e-mail systems worldwide. what you can expect in your inbox this morning. rematch in new orleans. the saints open the season against the vikings. of course, we'll update our breaking story. an entire neighborhood up in
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president obama is set to name a new top adviser for his economic team today. at a press conference this morning, he is expected to tap austin gulsby to share his economic advisers. he's a long-time adviser to the president and an architect to the economic message. the appointment is seen as a signal the president is not about to change course. the trade deficit narrowed significantly in july. imports declined, reflecting the slowdown in the economy during the spring. the lower trade deficit should give overall economic growth a boost. asian stocks rose to a former high, boosted by encouraging reports about the u.s. economy. tokyo's nikkei average rose 1.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened slightly lower. on wall street, the dow added 28 points yesterday. the nasdaq climbed seven points. companies around the world
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are scrambling to secure their e-mail systems from a nasty computer virus. the trojan horse virus is flooding inboxes at agencies and major corporations, such as nasa, procter & gamble and right here at abc news. 2 subject line is here you have. if you click on the link, it sends a barrage of e-mails under your name. apple sells its new line of ipods this week. that includes an overhauled ipod touch, which apple's steve jobs calls an iphone without a contract. "usa today's" ed baig says it's impressive. but don't get rid of your phone just yet. >> i don't think it's a 24/7 cell phone replacement to have with you. but you can make calls in a pinch. face time video. but also regular phone calls, using such third-party aps as skype and line-2. as long as you have a decent wi-fi connection, the quality is certainly not bad.
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>> and you can read ed's full review on usatoday.com. ahead on this friday, a major legal ruling. a judge declares don't ask/don't tell unconstitutional. so, what does it mean for the military? and in lighter news, diane sawyer with jimmy kimmel, sharing a part of her past. for those of us who have lactose intolerance,
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flooding on i-35, from kansas city to des moines. and slick on i-94, from minneapolis to helena, montana. >> if you are flying today, expect airport delays in denver, kansas city and memphis. a federal judge in southern california has ruled that the don't ask, don't tell policy, which bans openly-gay and lesbian service members is unconstitutional. judge virginia phillips says the policy violates the civil rights of homosexuals and hurts military readiness. she says that she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the policy nationwide. a federal appeals court has ruled the obama administration may resume funding of embryonic stem cell research, at least for now, so that the panel can have more time to deal with the highly-controversial issue. a lower court judge had banned that research last month. a bipartisan report out today says the united states is facing a more dynamic terror threat than al qaeda posed at the time of the 9/11 attacks. the report by the former heads
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of the september 11 commission, found american officials did not believe homegrown terrorism could happen here. therefore, they were slow to respond to the problem. an american hiker who has been held in iran for more than a year is expected to be released tomorrow. sarah shourd is one of three hiker who were taken into custody last july. the hikers were accused of entering iran illegally and having links to u.s. intelligence. saturday's release coincides with the commemoration of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. a growing number of american children are being raised by their grandparents. that's according to a pew research center analysis of the most recent census data. more than 7 million kids in this country live in households of at least one grandparent. and of that number, 2.9 million are being raised primarily by their grandparents. that's up 16% since the year 2000. well, the nfl season is officially under way after a big night at the superdome. here's steve weissman at espn
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news. >> good morning. i'm steve weissman with your espn news update. and we begin with the nfl season kicking off in new orleans. vikings/saints. there's drew brees, and the defending champs. they reveal their banner up high. players from both teams holding one finger in the air in support of the players union. first quarter, third and two at the minnesota 29. brees, scrambles. it's devery henderson for the touchdown. brees, 27 of 36, for 237 yards. saints on top. second quarter, the 20-year veteran. 40-year-old brett favre, getting picked off by jonathan vilma. less than 50 seconds to go in the half. favre, unfazed. back to pass. 33 yards to vincent shiancoe. next play, third and ten at the new orleans 20. favre up top to shiancoe. 20 yards and the touchdown. favre, 15 and 27, 129 yards. vikings lead, 9-7.
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third quarter, saints down. brees leading the comeback. to marcques colston. brees, dumpoff to pierre thomas. he'll take it for 15. later in the drive, second and goal for the saints. thomas had 71 yards on 19 carries. and this touchdown. new orleans up 14-9. to the fourth. here comes favre, scrambling. finds adrian peterson. but he is tackled for a loss. couple plays later, brett still trying to lead a comeback. but the pass falls incomplete. saints hold on to win the opener, 14-9. that's your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. you know, she is used to asking the questions. but last night, she put herself on the other side of the table. >> "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, appeared on "jimmy kimmel live" last night. she talked about her recent story line on n the jennifer
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jones tells abc news he was betrayed by a muslim leader who promised that the planned ground zero mosque would be moved away. the imam behind that mosque insists there is no such deal. president obama holds a news conference at the white house this morning. he will formally announce that he's appointing university of chicago economist and long-time adviser, austan goolsbee, to be the chairman of his council of economic advisers. more than 100 celebrities will be taking part in a one-hour, commercial-free telethon tonight to raise money for cancer. the stand up to cancer show airs on abc at 8:00 p.m. eastern. like we said, it's a star-studded event there. >> absolutely. on top of that, a star-studded "good morning america" today. u2 stars bono and the edge, check in live from our tour in france, talking about their part in the new "spider-man" broadway musical. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, we'll take you on a tour of the progress being made at ground zero, as
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finally from us this morning, looking forward to the future, as we prepare to look back on a somber day. >> tomorrow marks nine years since the nation was devastated by the september 11th attacks. ground zero here in new york is now a massive construction site. abc's cynthia mcfadden took a tour of the rebuilding project. >> we're now walking between one world trade and the north pool, the waterfall. >> reporter: we're standing in the center of ground zero. 2 1/2 years ago, the port authority appointed chris ford to take over what had become the very controversial, very slow, very emotional, and politically-fraught reconstruction. >> this is the pool of the north tower. this is where the original north tower stood. >> reporter: he told us his first priority was to get the
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memorial finished by next year. the iconic piece of steel, preserved in this air-conditioned box. at least being removed from ground zero. ford leads us over to one world trade center. the massive tower being built on the northwest corner of the site. >> we're about 38, going on 39, right now. >> reporter: this new build willing rise to 105 stories. five stories lower than the original world trade center. but still, high enough to make it the tallest building in the country, when completed. you know, there's a lot of people who say, we're sticking our chin out too far. we shouldn't build up that high. >> we build real estate in that town. that's what we do. we should build what we need. and this is what we need for a new downtown. if you end up changing how you are because of something like that happens, they end up winning. >> reporter: construction has certainly changed as a result of the terrorist attack. the lobby of one world trade is outfitted